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When my husband and I first started dating (after strolling throughout the nation collectively… actually), we had the possibility to journey round Europe a bit. Whereas we have been there, we tried as many new cuisines as we might. Probably the greatest meals we had was at a scrumptious Greek restaurant in downtown Brussels. I’ve by no means been capable of finding Greek meals that good since then, so I’ve been experimenting with recipes. These Greek meatballs are a results of these experiments.
Keftedes with Tzatziki (Greek Meatballs With Cucumber Sauce)
In case you’re ever at a Greek restaurant or pageant and see keftedes and tzatziki on the menu it’s speaking about meatballs with a cucumber yogurt sauce. The meatballs have a refined, herby taste from fennel and mint and a bit brightness from lemon.
The tzatziki is simply plain scrumptious on all the things. I made it for the primary time to go along with the meatballs, nevertheless it additionally makes an superior veggie dip and salad dressing. I prefer to make it in a bit meals processor or with an immersion blender to make all the things actually clean, however you can too simply chop the garlic and cucumber finely and whisk all the things collectively.
This meal is scrumptious any time of yr, however we particularly adore it throughout the summer time when cucumber, fennel, and mint are recent and obtainable on the farmers’ markets.
Make It Forward!
The tzatziki can be utilized instantly after making it, however the flavors actually change into extra pronounced for those who refrigerate it for an hour or so earlier than serving. Making forward is all the time useful!
When you’re at it, the meatballs might be rolled into balls and refrigerated till cooking time too. I simply put them on a baking sheet and put the entire sheet within the fridge. Typically I make a double batch and freeze some for one more meal.
Normally, I serve the meatballs alongside Greek salad or tossed on a romaine salad with tomatoes and cucumber. And if I’m headed to a potluck, these Greek meatballs make an superior appetizer. I stick them on skewers with grape tomatoes, chunks of cucumber, and cubes of feta.
In case you’d like an even bigger model, I even have a Greek meatloaf recipe with comparable flavors. Perhaps subsequent time now we have a Greek night time I’ll attempt these baklava-inspired shortbread cookies for dessert.
Greek Meatballs Recipe
Scrumptious meatballs with fennel, mint, lemon, and garlic for a Greek aptitude.
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cucumber (finely chopped)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a big bowl, mix all of the substances for the meatballs and blend with fingers. Add any further almond flour if wanted to make thick sufficient to type into meat balls.
Kind into 1 inch meatballs and place on an oiled baking sheet or in a big baking dish.
Bake within the oven for roughly 30-40 minutes or till cooked by means of.
Whereas baking, whisk collectively the substances for the sauce or use an immersion blender to make it clean.
Serve meatballs with the yogurt sauce.
Get pleasure from!
Serve on toothpicks as an appetizer or on a salad with tomato, cucumber, feta, and tzatziki sauce as a dressing.
Serving: 4meatballs | Energy: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fats: 4g | Saturated Fats: 1g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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